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20 Summer Books Perfect for Fall

Fall brings shorter days, leaves changing color, and cooler weather.  During this time, there is nothing more comforting than a warm blanket and a good book — maybe even a woodsy candle and a cup of hot chocolate or tea.

While you may be tempted to swap out your summer books for some new fall titles, we created a book list with some of the summer’s hottest reads from across genres that transition perfectly into fall reading.  After all, another great thing about books is they don’t have expiration dates!

The Margot Affair by Sanaë Lemoine

The secret daughter of a French politician and a famous actress drops the startling revelation that will shatter her family in this beguiling debut novel of intrigue and betrayal.

Seven Lies by Elizabeth Kay

A compelling, sophisticated, chilling, it’s a seductive, hypnotic page-turner about the tangled, toxic friendships between women, the dark underbelly of obsession and what we stand to lose in the name of love.

Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

A luminous portrait of a marriage, a shattering evocation of a family ravaged by grief and loss, and a tender and unforgettable re-imagining of a boy whose life has been all but forgotten, and whose name was given to one of the most celebrated plays of all time, Hamnet is mesmerizing, seductive, impossible to put down–a magnificent leap forward from one of our most gifted novelists.

The Eighth Detective by Alex Pavesi

Alex Pavesi’s The Eighth Detective is a love letter to classic detective stories with a modern twist, where nothing is as it seems, and proof that the best mysteries break all the rules.

Three Perfect Liars by Heidi Parks

A riveting new suspense novel about three ambitious women whose lives are turned upside down in the aftermath of a horrifying fire, which destroys a successful advertising agency and threatens to expose a tangled web of lies.

Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weiden

A groundbreaking thriller about a vigilante on a Native American reservation who embarks on a dangerous mission to track down the source of a heroin influx.

The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel

Inspired by an astonishing true story from World War II, a young woman with a talent for forgery helps hundreds of Jewish children flee the Nazis.

My Mother’s House by Francesca Momplaisir

A literary thriller about the complex underbelly of the immigrant American dream and the dangerous ripple effect one person’s damages can have on the lives of others–told unexpectedly by a house that has held unspeakable horrors.

Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas

A gothic-infused debut of literary suspense, set within a secluded, elite university and following a dangerously curious, rebellious undergraduate who uncovers a shocking secret about an exclusive circle of students . . . and the dark truth beneath her school’s promise of prestige.

Want by Lynn Steger Strong

Grappling with motherhood, economic anxiety, rage, and the limits of language, Want is a fiercely personal novel that vibrates with anger, insight, and love.

These Women by Ivy Pochoda

A serial killer story like you’ve never seen before–a literary thriller of female empowerment and social change.

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

An isolated mansion. A chillingly charismatic aristocrat. And a brave socialite drawn to expose their treacherous secrets.

Shiner by Amy Jo Burns

Rich with epic love and epic loss, and diving deep into a world that is often forgotten but still part of America, Shiner reveals the hidden story behind two generations’ worth of Appalachian heartbreak and resolve. Amy Jo Burns brings us a smoldering, taut debut novel about modern female myth-making in a land of men-and one young girl who must ultimately open her eyes.

Imperfect Women by Araminta Hall

A gripping, immersive novel about impossible expectations and secrets that fester and become lethal.  Imperfect Women explores guilt and retribution, love and betrayal, and the compromises we make that alter our lives irrevocably.

The Lion’s of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis

A series of book thefts roils the iconic New York Public Library, leaving two generations of strong-willed women to pick up the pieces.

Sisters by Daisy Johnson

A haunting story about two sisters caught in a powerful emotional web and wrestling to understand where one ends and the other begins.

Blacktop Wasteland by S. A. Cosby

A Southern noir, that’s a searing, operatic story of a man pushed to his limits by poverty, race, and his own former life of crime.

Tender is the Flesh by Agustina Bazterrica, translated by Sarah Moses

Working at the local processing plant, Marcos is in the business of slaughtering humans–though no one calls them that anymore.

We Are All the Same in the Dark by Julia Heaberlin

The discovery of a girl abandoned by the side of the road threatens to unearth the long-buried secrets of a Texas town’s legendary cold case.

The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi

The Death of Vivek Oji is a novel of family and friendship that challenges expectations–a dramatic story of loss and transcendence that will move every reader.

What do you think about these books?

Have you read any of these books?  What are your favorite reads from this list?  Are any on your TBR?

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